The Cookout
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When Todd Anderson (Storm P) signs a 30-million-dollar contract with the New Jersey Nets after being named the number one NBA draft pick of the year, his mother (Jenifer Lewis) vows to prevent her son from forgetting his roots. Not used to balancing his new life with his old, Todd mistakenly invites family and friends from his old neighborhood to his multi-million-dollar house for a cookout on the same day of an important endorsement interview. Though his extravagant family cookouts were welcome at his old digs, Todd's stuffy new neighbors -- particularly the conservative Republican Judge… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 5%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Seemingly assembled from ideas on the cutting-room floor of a cancelled sitcom."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"Todd's payday apparently sends comedy backward in time, and we're in the 1970s, ethno-sitcom style."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Avoid this gross, raunchy comedy at all costs."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Uma "comédia" sem a menor graça que, com seus estereótipos ofensivos a brancos, negros e homossexuais, falha não só do ponto de vista cinematográfico, mas também humano."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Everything else here -- from the gross caricatures to the so-called comic mayhem -- is sour to taste."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"This is one dull party."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A painfully unfunny, would-be comedy."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"The very definition of an easy target--and, in all fairness, it deserves every last bit of criticism."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"...a taxing and intolerable vehicle that has all the charm of a gold-toothed rapper's root canal. The Cookout is certainly not any food for thought."
‑ Frank Ochieng,
"Plenty of action and confusion in this wild story that culminates in a cookout."
‑ Vince Koehler, Entertainment Spectrum
"Rivera and a host of screenwriters were apparently as cowed by Lady Em as Todd; she sucks up much of the screen time, and admirable though her family values may be, they're not exactly rip-roaring funny."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"The pointlessness of The Cookout exudes a modicum of charm, but the simple-minded mess still lacks the wit and moral weight of an episode of Family Matters."
‑ Akiva Gottlieb, Village Voice
"Director Lance Rivera has never directed a movie before, and he doesn't start here."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"It's low comedy and it's crudely made. But that's no excuse for it being dull."
‑ Anthony Del Valle, Las Vegas Mercury
"It does provide some true laughs and, incredibly, some real humanity."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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